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Drones reveal Antarctic whale 'acrobatics'
LONDON, UK, 15 June 2024 (BBC) - An international team of researchers, including some from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), has used drone cameras to study whales in South Georgia, a key location for the whaling industry in Antarctica. BAS researcher Stephanie Martin shared with the BBC what she says is the first drone footage of a mother-calf pair of southern right whales off the coast of South Georgia.

The Dubai World Islands are 'sinking back into the sea'
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2024 (Express) - The archipelago of small artificial islands in Dubai which cost £7.4 billion to construct remains a largely incomplete sandy ghost town and it now also appears to be sinking back into the sea. 

Islands buckling under burden of hypertourism
ATHENS, Greece, 15 June 2024 (Ekathimerini) - The mayors of Santorini, Serifos and Lefkada have raised the banner of despair over the effects of hypertourism on the sustainability of resources on the Greek islands. The mayor of Santorini, Nikos Zorzos, described a dramatic situation at a conference titled “Insularity and Sustainability: Islands on the Edge,” organized on Friday by the Hellenic Society for Environment and Cultural Heritage and the University of the Aegean, about the situation on the island.

The Maldives artificial islands could alleviate its housing crisis
SYDNEY, Australia, 14 June 2024 (ABC) -  In an opinion piece published by The Guardian last month, Maldives President  Mohamed Muizzu, extolled so-called land reclamation projects as "true climate adaptation if ever I saw it", and called for more international funding to help the Maldives shore up its defences against climate impacts. Those on the ground, however, tell a different story - describing a devastating trend that is riding roughshod over environmental law, destroying the Maldives' natural landscape and damaging local communities to prop up a luxury tourism industry.

Barrier islands and dunes protect our coastline
RICHMOND, US, 13 June 2024 (VCU) - Barrier islands dot the landscape along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, protecting the coastline from direct impacts of storms and sea-level rise. Made of sand, they are created and changed by environmental factors. But with climate change and human development, these natural processes can be disrupted.

Philippines increases South China Sea patrols
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2024 (Guardian) - The Philippines has stepped up patrols in the disputed South China Sea ahead of the rollout of a new Chinese regulation that empowers its coast guard to detain foreigners accused of trespassing. The regulation, which is effective from Saturday, marks a further escalation in tensions in the fiercely contested waterway, which is one of the world’s most economically important and busiest trading routes.